Steelhead in the Grande Ronde average 6-10 pounds, with 15-pound fish possible.
Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Grande Ronde is a perfect getaway for families, bachelor parties or any special occasions.
Geographically the Grande Ronde is right where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet
Steelhead or Smallmouth on the Grande Ronde
The Grande Ronde River, which drains much of northeast Oregon's Union and Wallowa Counties, is fed by snow pack in the Elkhorn Mountains. The Wallowa River, a major tributary to the Grande Ronde, headwaters in the Wallowa Mountains mostly within the Eagle Cap Wilderness. 1 hour North to Lewiston, Idaho or 1 hour East to Enterprise, Oregon.
Called the "land of Winding Waters" by Native Americans, the river is home to Rainbow and Dolly Varden trout, whitefish, squaw fish, suckers, bass and steelhead. Rocky mountain elk, mule deer, whit-tail deer, bighorn sheep, bear, bald eagles and a variety of smaller animals can be seen on a daily basis. Providing, of course, you haven't picked a day they all decided to stay hidden. And, "YES" there are RATTLESNAKES!!!
The river is surrounded by steep, rugged canyon walls that rise from 3000 to 4000 feet above the river level. Dense conifer forests blend into grassy slopes set off by scattered conifer "stringers".
Steelhead offer a unbelievable fight. When they jump & have you running for the tailout the thrill begins as your knees shake. Known for spectacular acrobatics and vicious runs, steelhead send pulses racing.
Smallmouth are pound for pound some of the most aggressively fighting fish there are.